New building work
If you are building anything from a carport to a multi-storey shopping centre you will require a Building Permit. Prior to obtaining your Permit you will need a Building Surveyor to assess your plans to ensure they meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards and to issue a Certificate of Likely Compliance.
It is your choice if you wish to employ the Council’s Building Surveyor or a Private Building Surveyor like Protek. The benefits of using us as your Private Building Surveyor is that we provide one-on-one service and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We offer quick turnaround for Certificate of Likely Compliance issue, and always keep our clients in the loop with the progress of the application. We can even submit your application to the Council for you, so you only have to liaise with us. If you employ Protek we will conduct the inspections as work progresses and only need 24 hours’ notice for inspection bookings (sometimes you can even book inspection in the same day you call). The only time Council will need to inspect is for plumbing or planning inspections, if required.
Building work constructed without approval
If there is building work on your property that would have required a Building Permit but a Permit was not obtained, we can help you through the process of legalising your building works and issue you with what is called a ‘Certificate of Substantial Compliance.’ This is then submitted to the Local Council’s Permit Authority to obtain a Permit for the works.
Building work constructed without approval plus remedial work or work to be completed.
A “Certificate to Proceed” is issued if you have building work on your property that was built without Council approval and either the Building Surveyor requests more building work to be done to make the building work compliant with the Building Code of Australia and the Australian Standards or the work is incomplete. Once plans are assessed by the Building Surveyor, the Certificate to Proceed is submitted to the relevant Council for approval so that works can proceed to completion. Again, Protek can carry out all your Building Surveying needs and assist you through this process.
Having been approached by several companies looking to obtain approval for the installation of solar panels, we have put together a system that enables us to deal with these approvals efficiently and affordably. In the “Forms” section of our website is the Directive from The Department of Justice explaining when solar panels require building approval.
If the value of the work component (this includes panel mounting, rails or framework and their fixing) is under $5,000.00 we can issue a Minor Works Notice for the installation of the solar panels (Application form and document checklist is in the “Forms” section on our website). If that value is over $5,000.00 a Building Permit is required for the installation of the solar panels, which Protek Building Surveying Services can assess and help obtain for you.
Once a building has been completed the owner of that building, or in some cases the occupier, is responsible for the maintenance of the safety features and measures installed within that building. This applies to any building that falls within any of the following classes:
Class 1b: Bed and breakfast, boarding house, hostel
Class 2: Two-storey apartments/blocks of units/flats
Class 3: Residential parts of hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation
Class 4: Caretaker’s unit
Class 5: Offices for professional or commercial purposes
Class 6: Shops/Retail (cafes, restaurants, take-away shops, dining rooms, bars serving liquor)
Class 7: Carparks, storage or warehouse buildings for display of goods
Class 8: Laboratories
Class 9: Public buildings, schools, hospitals, aged care or places of assembly (night clubs, sporting venues etc.)
Class 10c: Private bushfire shelter associated with a private dwelling
This requirement has been law in Tasmania since 2004.
Protek can perform an initial assessment of your building to establish a Maintenance Schedule (Form 46) of the Features and issue you with an Annual Maintenance Statement (Form 56). For a stress-free approach to Essential Services our specialised software system allows us to ensure your periodical audits are performed on time, every time.
Our qualified and experienced Building Surveyors can provide advice upfront as to the best way of achieving BCA compliance in your proposed strata. We specialise in residential and smaller lots up to 2000m2 and 3 storeys.
Our team of allied professionals include in-house Land Surveyors for the provision of the final strata plans and associated body corporate by-laws.